Now available: OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 beta with new Photos app

Apple released a beta version of its OS X Yosemite software on Monday, making it publicly available to all Mac hardware owners for the first time, says iMore. Aside from expected stability fixes and performance enhancements, OS X 10.10.3 provides a first look at Photos for OS X, the new app meant to replace both iPhotos and Aperture.

To get the new version of Yosemite and try Photos, which was announced last June, you’ll need to register with Apple here.

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Last month, MacWorld took an early peek at Photos and found that the app has elements of both OS X and iOS in it, as you’d expect; [company]Apple[/company] has been merging together elements from the desktop and mobiles for some time. For example, you can view and group photos by Years, Collections, and Moments, just like you can on an iPhone or iPad. While you can save and sync photos from an iCloud account, it’s not a requirement.

Image editing appears simplified as well, combining several elements from both the old Photos app and Aperture, which has more advanced controls and features. Editing menus include Enhance, Rotate, Crop, Filters, Adjust, and Retouch; each of which having multiple methods to tweak pictures the way you want to.


The new Photos app for OS X will replace both Aperture and iPhoto

At WWDC, Apple announced a new app for the Mac called Photos, which will be part of OS X Yosemite. Many wondered what the announcement meant for Apple’s current photo library programs on Mac, which included the consumer-oriented iPhoto and the pro-oriented Aperture. According to a statement from Apple provided to Gigaom, there will be no new development of Aperture when Photos for OS X becomes available early next year. It also appears that the new Photos app, with a heavy emphasis on iCloud Photo Library integration, will replace iPhoto. This leaves Adobe’s Lightroom as the logical choice for professional photographers using a Mac.

How an advanced photographer uses the iPhone and iPad

If you had told me even a year ago that more than 60 percent of the photos I take would never touch my Mac, I’d have laughed. But it’s true. Here’s a walk through my heavily iOS (and Mac) powered digital photography workflow.

Review: What a photographer thinks of Aperture 3.3

With the new MacBook Pro with Retina display, Apple made some small but important updates to its Aperture photo-processing app. Aperture 3.3 isn’t a full version upgrade, but the new features added tells us that Apple is serious about this program and its future.

iOS 5: Photo Stream, warts and all

With iCloud, Apple introduced Photo Stream, a new feature that automatically syncs your photos across iOS devices, Macs and Windows computers. It makes transferring photos absolutely painless, but comes with one big caveat: Synced photos can’t be deleted from iCloud as of right now.

Adding GPS info to iPhoto with myTracks

Keeping track of where you’ve taken photos is not as easy as you might think. Your iPhone automatically geotags images, but most digital cameras aren’t GPS enabled. You can manually add the data, but there’s a better way to do it automatically in batches.

How to wirelessly move photos and video from iPhone to Mac

Moving photos from your iPhone to your Mac can actually involve many steps and input from a user. But you can also set up wireless, automatic background syncing to a destination on your Mac of your choice, with a $2 app and some quick initial setup.

Aperture 101: Importing Photos

The first step post-capture in any digital photography workflow is getting the frames into your editing program. I like Aperture, because it’s powerful, cheap, easy to learn and easy to install from the Mac App Store. Here’s how to manage your photo importing using Aperture.

Conundrum: Syncing Personal Media From Multiple Sources

Whether you like to show off your media on your mobile iDevice, or at home on the computer or high-def TV, the same conundrum can occur: how do you store and organize all this great stuff so it’s easily accessible in one place all the time?

TechUniversity: Aperture 101

Aperture is Apple’s pro-level photo management, editing and sharing application used my both amateurs and professionals around the globe. In this TechUniversity Aperture 101 screencast, we’ll take a look at a number of areas of the application to help you get up and running right away.